Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Host Sharks and Avalanche Before Visiting Penguins on Sunday
Columbus enters the week having gone 4-3-1 in its last eight games, including a 2-0-1 mark in its last three road games
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (Times ET)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan
Sunday Feb. 26 at Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/WWCD 102.5 FM
BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 17-35-7, 41 pts. (10-16-3, 23 pts. at home, 7-19-4, 18 pts. on the road)… Standings: 5th/Central Division… 15th/Western Conference… Leading Scorers: RW Rick Nash (19-21-40, 59 GP)… LW Vinny Prospal (10-25-35, 59 GP)… Goaltenders: Curtis Sanford (10-13-4, 2.52 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO in 29 GP)… Steve Mason (7-21-3, 3.46 GAA, .886 SV%, 0 SO in 32 GP).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
SAN JOSE SHARKS – Head Coach: Todd McLellan… Record: 31-19-7, 69 pts… Standings: 1st/Pacific Division… 3rd/Western Conference… The Sharks are 13-10-5 on the road, but have gone 2-6-2 in their last 10 games away from HP Pavilion of San Jose… Leading Scorer: C Joe Thornton (12-40-52, 57 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Antti Niemi (23-14-4, 2.44 GAA, .914 SV%, 4 SO in 44 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 13-26-4, including 10-9-2 at home… Jackets went 2-2-0 in 2010-11… This Season: Final of four meetings… San Jose won 2-1 on Jan. 5 and 6-0 on Jan. 31 at home and 2-1 on Jan. 14 at Nationwide Arena.
COLORADO AVALANCHE – Head Coach: Joe Sacco… Record: 29-27-4, 62 pts… Standings: 3rd/Northwest Division… 11th/Western Conference… Club is 12-3-1 in OT games this season, ranking second in the NHL in OT wins (New Jersey-13)… Leading Scorer: C Ryan O’Reilly (15-29-44, 59 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Jean-Sebastien Giguere (14-9-2, 2.13 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO in 28 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 9-28-4, including 6-13-2 at home… Columbus is 7-7-2 in its last 16 games vs. Colorado… Jackets went 1-2-1 in 2010-11… This Season: Second of four meetings… Colorado won 3-2 in OT at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 12… Next game is Mar. 1 at Colorado.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Head Coach: Dan Bylsma… Record: 33-21-3, 69 pts… Standings: 4th/Atlantic Division… 6th/Eastern Conference… Rank 7th in NHL on the power play (19.4 pct.) and 2nd-T in penalty killing (88.4 pct.)… Leading Scorer: C Evgeni Malkin (32-39-71, 52 GP)… Leading Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (30-14-3, 2.41 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO in 50 GP)… All-Time Series: Jackets are 5-5-3 all-time, including a 3-1-3 mark at home… Clubs split two meetings in 2010-11 as the Penguins won 7-2 at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 4 and the Jackets won 4-1 at Consol Energy Center on Feb. 8… This Season: Only Meeting.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
D Radek Martinek (post-concussion symptoms, Oct. 22 at Detroit) will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season… D Marc Methot (broken jaw, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is out indefinitely… LW Kristian Huselius (lower body, Dec. 6 at Montreal) is week-to-week… LW Jared Boll (foot, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is week-to-week… D Nikita Nikitin (lower body, Jan. 21 at Detroit) is day-to-day... G Curtis Sanford (back, Feb. 9 vs. Dallas) is day-to-day… D James Wisniewski (lower body, Feb. 18 vs. Chicago) is day-to-day… Games Missed to Injury: 271.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Feb. 14 – at BLUE JACKETS 2, St. Louis 1: Steve Mason made 31 saves to outduel Jaroslav Halak (31 saves) and lead the Blue Jackets past their Central Division rivals. The Blues took a 1-0 lead on a David Backes shorthanded goal at 18:51 of the first period before the Jackets tied the game when James Wisniewski scored a power play goal with 0.01 left in the period. Following a scoreless second, Derek Dorsett tallied the eventual game-winner at 6:49 of the third. The Jackets outshot the Blues 33 to 32 in the game, including a 16-15 edge in the final period… Feb. 18 – Chicago 6, at BLUE JACKETS 1: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each tallied 1-2-3 and Corey Crawford made 33 saves to lead the Blackhawks to their sixth-straight win over the Blue Jackets. Columbus took an early 1-0 lead on a Derick Brassard goal 5:13 into the game but Chicago scored twice in the final 7:33 of the first period and twice in the final 6:21 of the second to put the game away… Feb. 19 – at NY Rangers 3, BLUE JACKETS 2 (OT): Columbus overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to force overtime when Rick Nash scored at 18:27 of the third period before the Eastern Conference leaders won it 0:22 into overtime on a goal by Derek Stepan. Brad Richards and Artem Anisimov scored the regulation goals for New York, while Derick Brassard tallied his 11th of the season for Columbus. Steve Mason made 32 saves in net for the Jackets, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Rangers.
POWER PLAY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE GOALS
The Blue Jackets have converted 9-of-32 chances on the power play (28.1 pct.) in their last eight games, scoring at least one goal in seven of those games. The club went 4-of-42 (9.5 pct.) over the previous 17 games. Columbus has now converted 36-of-221 (16.3 pct.) on the season, climbing to 20th in the NHL. Since beginning the season 0-of-20 in its first four games, the Jackets have converted 17.9 pct. of its chances with the man advantage (36-of-201).
The Blue Jackets have gone 4-3-1 in their last eight games… The club has earned points in three-straight road games (3-2 win at Anaheim on Feb. 3, 3-1 win at Minnesota on Feb. 11 and 3-2 OTL at NY Rangers on Feb. 19)… Columbus has killed off 16-of-20 opponent power plays over the past eight games (80.0 pct. penalty kill) with three of the PP goals allowed coming on four attempts vs. Anaheim on Feb. 12… The NHL trade deadline is on Monday, Feb. 27 (3 p.m. ET).
BRASSARD HAS POINTS IN SIX OF HIS LAST NINE GAMES
C Derick Brassard has points in six of the last nine games (4-4-8) and has tallied 6-6-12 in his last 15 outings. In 27 games since Dec. 18, he has racked up 9-10-19 with five multi-point outings to raise his season totals to 11-13-24 in 51 games. He has scored goals in each of his last two games vs. Chicago on Feb. 18 and at NY Rangers on Feb. 19.
C Antoine Vermette has points in three of the last four games, as well as recording 3-9-12 the last 18 games after being held to 1-1-2 the previous 13 games… LW Rick Nash has points in six of the last eight games after scoring his 19th goal of the season against the Rangers on Sunday. He has 2-5-7 during that stretch, while collecting 6-7-13 the last 20 games… C Jeff Carter has points in three of the last four games and in five of the last eight games (2-3-5) after being held to 0-1-1 the previous seven games… LW R.J. Umberger picked up his first assist in nine games with a helper Sunday at NY Rangers. He has recorded 6-10-16 the last 28 games after being held to 3-4-7 the first 26 games of the season… RW Derek Dorsett had a game-high five hits and added two penalty minutes Sunday at NY Rangers. He ranks second on the Blue Jackets in hits with 150 to his credit, while his 177 penalty minutes rank first in the NHL.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 vs. San Jose Sharks – $10,000 TUESDAYS – A total of $10,000 in prizes will be given away each Tuesday home game for the remainder of the season… Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Colorado – LABATT BLUE ZONE HAT TRICK COMBO – Get a Lower Level ticket, a pre-game buffet and a post-game drink in the Labatt Blue Zone Pub for just $55 per person… TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 per person… Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. Detroit – TIM HORTONS JACKETS PACK (every Friday home game) – Fans receive a game ticket, $10 food/beverage voucher, Blue Jackets hat, CBJ-Tim Hortons travel mug with voucher for a free coffee fill-up at participating Tim Hortons locations and Timbits 10-count snack pack. Prices start at $30 per person… $10,000 TUESDAYS – A total of $10,000 in prizes will be given away each Tuesday home game for the remainder of the season.
COLUMBUS ZOO & AQUARIUM NIGHT IS TUESDAY, FEB. 21
Join the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Feb. 21 when they host the San Jose Sharks on Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Night. Highlights of the night include an appearance by Jack Hanna, the zoo’s director emeritus, as well as numerous animal displays throughout Nationwide Arena.
PAPA JOHN’S FUTURE JACKETS
Coaches and parents are encouraged to enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime for their mini-mite, mite or squirt hockey team. The Future Jackets presented by Papa John’s gives teams the chance to play during an intermission at select Blue Jackets home games. Winners receive 50 game tickets, gift bags and T-shirts and entry can be found at www.BlueJackets.com/PapasFutureJackets.
PAPA JOHN’S MONDAYS
Fans get free toppings on Papa John’s pizza (large cheese for $9.99) every Monday for each goal scored by the Blue Jackets in their most recent game. Fans can double the toppings after a win! Order by phone or at www.papajohns.com (promo code - CBJMonday).
SKYLINE CHILI BLUE JACKETS FAMILY FOUR PACK
Fans can visit their local Skyline Chili restaurant to enter to win four tickets to a weekend home game, a $40 Skyline Chili gift card and a group photo with Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger. Ten winners will be chosen throughout the season with the contest concluding on Mar. 9.
PETLAND PRESENTS 2012 PUCKS AND PAWS CALENDAR, FAVORITE PET CONTEST
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation announces the release of the 2012 Pucks and Paws Calendar presented by Petland. The calendar features Blue Jackets players alongside assistance dogs and puppies in training from Canine Companions for Independence®, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. Fans can purchase the calendar at the Foundation Kiosk during Blue Jackets home games or at www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org. Starting Feb. 14, fans can upload their pet’s photo at www.BlueJackets.com/FavoritePet for the chance to be featured on a dasherboard during one Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. The winning pet owner will also receive pet food for a year, a $500 Petland gift card, tickets to the game in which they’ll be featured on the dasher, a signed jersey and 2012 Pucks & Paws Calendar.
THIS WEEK ON JACKETS TV AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
This week’s scheduled Jackets TV programming includes: the Top 5 Plays of the Week (vote for your favorite); the latest edition of SMALL TALK, which gives the team’s youngest fans a chance to ask questions of their favorite Blue Jackets players; a behind-the-scenes look at a typical game night for the NHL’s off-ice officials at Nationwide Arena; a One-on-One interview with Jackets forward Colton Gillies; complete practice and game day coverage; and more.
STAY CONNECTED WITH THE JACKETS
Fans can follow the Blue Jackets online, watch game highlights, press conferences and exclusive behind-the-scenes video content on Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com. Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and stories by following the Blue Jackets on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BlueJacketsNHL. “Like” the club’s official Facebook® page and get the latest club news and promotions, videos, photos, updates and interact with other fans at www.facebook.com/OfficialColumbusBlueJackets. Check out great videos on the club’s YouTube channel as well at www.YouTube.com/BlueJacketsNHL.
BLUE JACKETS MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE
The Blue Jackets official mobile app gives fans a new way to follow the team using their smart phones and mobile devices. The app is currently available in the iTunes and Android Market app stores. Fans can download the NHL GameCenter app and select the Blue Jackets as their favorite team to access the team’s schedule/results, game play-by-play, statistics, NHL standings, game photos, player profiles and updated news. iPhone and iPad users can track shots and goals with the 3D Ice Tracker. All users will also be able to watch features from Jackets TV at BlueJackets.com and purchase single game tickets from within the app.
BLUE JACKETS MEDIA GUIDE AVAILABLE AT iTUNES STORE
The Columbus Blue Jackets 2011-12 Interactive Media Guide is available for free at the iTunes Store as fans now can download the media guide to their computer, iPad or iPhone. The guide contains interactive player bios, as well as detailed team historical and statistical information and records.
BLUE JACKETS ON FOX SPORTS OHIO
Blue Jackets hockey returns to FOX Sports Ohio in 2011-12 with 79 live telecasts in high definition. Game night coverage includes the BLUE JACKETS LIVE pre- (begins 30 minutes prior to the start of each game) and post-game shows… BLUE JACKETS SLAP SHOTS has returned to FOX Sports Ohio each week during the 2011-12 season. Check it out Mondays at 6 p.m.
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
The AlarmForce Blue Jackets Sunday Morning Skate can be heard on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Bob McElligott and Mark Wyant… The Columbus Blue Jackets Coach’s Show with Todd Richards airs on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.
BLUE JACKETS “PRESS BOX” AT BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Blue Jackets have created a “Press Box” microsite on BlueJackets.com with daily updates of the following: press releases, news articles, media clips, game notes, post-game notes, videos posted on Jackets TV, post-game audio, weekly reports, as well as NHL stats and standings and a link to the 2011-12 interactive media guide. The site is located under the “News” module at the top of the BlueJackets.com home page or at the following link – http://bluejackets.nhl.com/pressbox.
Single Game: Tickets starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at OhioHealth Chiller Easton, OhioHealth Chiller Dublin, OhioHealth Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com… 2013 All-Star Game: The 2013 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Columbus Jan. 26-27, 2013. Fans can guarantee access to seats for both the game and Skills Challenge now by reserving a full or partial season ticket plan for the Blue Jackets’ 2012-13 season… Season & Group Tickets: For information on full and partial season ticket plans starting at $15 per game and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS or visit www.BlueJackets.com… Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game… White Castle Rush CBJ student tickets: Student tickets are available for $15 (AEP Power Level) and $25 (Lower Level) at the box office beginning one hour prior to all home preseason games or online beginning at 12 p.m. on game days at www.BlueJackets.com... Military Appreciation Ticket: All active service personnel receive a free ticket to Blue Jackets home games by showing a valid, current military I.D. at the Nationwide Arena Box Office.